By Matthew Bartow/WLAA
Looking to qualify for the United States Open? Looking to break 100? Or are you just looking to learn how to hit a golf ball?
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation offers a variety of golf lessons for golfers of different ages and ability levels, including an adult golf instruction course. Charley Brooks, the instructor of the adult golf instruction course, said that the course has something to offer for all adult golfers, no matter the state of their golf game.
“We take people as we get them,” Brooks said. “We teach them were they’re at, at their level.”
Brooks said most of the instruction in the course is based on learning the basic golf swing from former pro golfer Ben Hogan’s book “Five Lessons.”
“We teach the chain golf swing, working on grip, alignment and posture, no matter if it’s a one-foot putt or a full golf swing,” Brooks said.
The adult golf instruction class is divided into six sessions. According to Brooks, the first two sessions are devoted to teaching the full game swing; the next two sessions are devoted to teaching short-game shots, including putting, chipping and pitching; the fifth session is at a driving range, and the final session is a two-hour playing lesson at Huron Hills Golf Course.
This is all for a fee of $120, and includes a coupon for a free bucket of balls at Miles of Golf in Ann Arbor, a free round of golf at Huron Hills Golf Course, and a coupon for 20 percent off merchandise in the clubhouse at Huron Hills Golf Course.
“My favorite parts of teaching the class are watching the progress that my students make in the three weeks and seeing my students later on out on the golf course,” Brooks said. “Sometimes they’re not even beginners anymore.”
Mike Sheppard, who took the adult golf instruction class earlier this month, said the class provided a great experience.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Sheppard, who said he previously hadn’t played golf in almost 10 years due to an injury. “I learned enough that I can hit the ball and have fun on the golf course. I’m going to take it [the class] again!”
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation also offers junior and adult golf instruction, junior golf camps, and parent/child golf lessons.
Adult Golf Instruction
This course meets twice a week for three weeks, with the first five classes lasting one hour, and a two-hour on course playing lesson to conclude the program. Instruction courses are limited to six students to provide a great instruction experience. Clubs will be provided if needed. Fee, $120.
June 24-July 18*, July 22-Aug. 8, and Aug. 12-29
*There will be no class the week of July 4.
Classes 1-5 Class 6 (playing lesson)
Monday & Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Register at www.a2golf.org or www.a2gov.org/parksregister.
MAIN PHOTO: Charley Brooks, the teacher of the adult instruction course, demonstrates the chain golf swing to his class